A Journalist Takes Aim at Politicians
Emily Miller wrote a book about politics and guns. She covers the hot topics, but she didn’t write it for D.C. policy wonks. She didn’t write it for gun nuts either. She wrote her book for the average newspaper reader. In it, Miller explains why she wanted to arm herself with a gun in her Washington DC home. The reason is simple. She was afraid of being robbed a second time. She explains the frustrations of getting a gun in Washington, D.C. The District’s gun laws require months to navigate and cost hundreds of dollars in fees before you can legally purchase a handgun. This is far from the personal gun ownership, the “everymans self-defense tool” that most of us enjoy. As she said, “I didn’t have to pass a test to exercise my first amendment rights.” Some rights are more equal than others in Washington.
The book is about more than Emily Miller’s personal struggle to buy a gun. She knows this level of bureaucratic frustration is designed to intimidate and disarm most D. C. citizens. Miller transforms the nameless victims of DC’s gun laws back into real people, giving us their names and showing their faces as she unfolds their story. She describes the force of the state falling on honest, non-violent gun owners as they face malicious prosecution. There is no justice for D.C. plaintiffs who can’t afford a robust legal defense, or aren’t politically connected. Sometimes the wheels of justice take a few calls from congressmen before they finally turn. She tells the victim’s story unusually well.
In another sense, her story is absolutely ordinary. Miller discovered her need for armed defense like millions of other urban women, and at about the same time. The women’s empowerment movement and the terrorist events of 9-11 convinced a new generation that they must defend themselves. Miller represents that fresh face of American gun owners. That is part of her story too.
Being the senior editor at the Washington Times gives Miller a unique observation point for the other part of her story. She documents the political forces trying to disarm America. She describes political maneuvers at the city, state and national level. She chronicles the politicization of school murders and her horror at imagining the murdered Connecticut school children were her Sunday school class. Miller describes her reaction.
“The tragic murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School broke the heart of every American, and that includes gun owners. Those of us who live in the almost half of homes in the nation with a gun are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who thought of the precious children in our families when we mourned the terrible scenes from Newtown.”
Her frustration is palpable as she watches Michael Bloomberg orchestrate and finance a war on gun owners. The gun grab of 2013 tried to disarm the average citizen rather than stop the next insane murderer. Miller explains how the political contest was about press releases and campaign donations rather than public safety. Some of the political reasons are crass. Obama’s policies left the economy in a shambles, so the President appealed to his anti-gun political donors to boost his ratings.
Miller also documents the complicity and corruption of the mainstream media. She exposes their blatant anti-gun bigotry by presenting their words in black and white. She strips away the emotionally charged images and the compelling background music. There are no styled and painted faces selling their biased point of view. The words from the mainstream media are damning when laid bare. An honest report is nowhere to be found in our news-theater that passes for journalism.
Did you see the in depth news reports on federal legislation to fund treatment and registration of the mentally ill? The media ignored it. There was a bill on the Senate floor to increase funding for armed school resource officers. The anti-gun politicians let those bills die in the Democrat controlled Senate. Those bills would probably save lives but they didn’t serve the politicians’ larger purpose. The mainstream media never told us about that.
Miller follows the money and documents what money can buy in politics. Money buys media advertising. Money buys promises of political contributions. Money buys votes. She takes us through the vote-by-vote manipulations as the raft of anti-gun bills flowed through the US Senate. She also talks about the anti-gun bills brought forward in the anti-gun states; Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Colorado. (The book went to press before she could add California.) Miller almost steps from journalist to angry activist as she writes about the increased regulation many gun owners will endure after these state gun laws take effect. Between the lines, you can hear Emily fume at state politicians who are stripping our gun rights. Politicians are doing to the rest of America what the D. C. government did to her.
I wish Emily Miller had lost her temper a few more times. Her book certainly left me enraged at my corrupt and tyrannical government. A journalist reports on events. In contrast, an activist motivates and suggests an appropriate response. Miller remains a journalist, though her book will compel many readers to defend our gun-rights.
Emily sets up an interesting question as she documents the money-men behind the anti-gun movement. She talks about Bloomberg at length, but there are other political players she doesn’t mention. I know about Soros, Broad and Gill, and the political power they purchased. I hope there is another side to that story. Miller shows us the billionaires working for more state control. Where are the billionaires working for freedom? Emily doesn’t tell us, but I hope they are out there. Common citizens like us will have to lead the way until the wealthy stand up and join the fight. Any minute now would not be too soon.
Miller ends her book with this truism. “A gun is just a tool. The fight is really for freedom.” Read this book if you want to be informed and drawn into the struggle for freedom. America needs you.
Emily Miller’s book “Emily Gets Her Gun… but Obama wants to take yours” is available from the usual outlets.
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